Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-29-06, 12:36 AM   #1
mike09
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mike09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 83
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How to install SRAM Powerlink Gold (9 spd)

I have a 9 speed Shimano chain but am going to pick up SRAM's Powerlink Gold. How exactly do I install it, any particular link? Can I just break the chain at any point and install the Powerlink? Or do I need to break the master link (slightly different colored than the rest of the links), basically remove and replace the master link with the powerlink? Thanks in advance!
mike09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-06, 03:32 AM   #2
mcoomer
Rat Bastard
 
mcoomer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Sammamish, WA
Bikes: Cannondale Prophet, Specialized S-Works SL2, Specialized S-Works Stumpjumper
Posts: 1,504
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Installing a SRAM link is easy. Break the chain anywhere you wish and remove a link. Install the quick link, hold the rear brake, and apply steady pressure on a pedal and you will hear it click into place. Done!

BTW...I always carry a two quick links in my seat bag. Haven't needed them yet but you never know.
mcoomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-06, 05:51 AM   #3
linux_author
370H-SSV-0773H
 
linux_author's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Penniless Park, Fla.
Bikes: Merlin Fortius, Specialized Crossroads & Rockhopper, Serotta Fierte, Pedal Force RS2
Posts: 2,750
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
- you're gonna love the powerlink when the time comes to clean the chain...

- 'chain scrubbers' such as Park's or the [worthless] Nashbar versions don't really clean chains... they're messy and inconvenient, but certainly faster for cleaning lightly soiled chains w/o a powerlink...

- with a powerlink, just remove the chain, drop into a clean Gatorade quart bottle w/a Simple Green/water mix, then shake to clean... works great!

- the only time you may have trouble with a powerlink is if the chain is very heavily soiled... Park makes a Master Link Plier Tool (MLP-1) that easily opens soiled links...

- and yes, buy a couple extra for your saddle bag or toolbox
linux_author is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-06, 05:59 AM   #4
vw addict
Senior Member
 
vw addict's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: East coast
Bikes: Specialized Tarmac Expert, Cannondale R700, Specialized Langster, Iron Horse Hollowpoint Team, Schwinn Homegrown
Posts: 2,673
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just remember to press together the link to remove it. Otherwise you will fight it for a hour.
vw addict is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-06, 06:02 AM   #5
LowCel 
Throw the stick!!!!
 
LowCel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
Bikes: GMC Denali
Posts: 17,588
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by vw addict
Just remember to press together the link to remove it. Otherwise you will fight it for a hour.
I learned that the hard way, I'm assuming most of us have.
__________________
I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.
LowCel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-06, 11:22 AM   #6
mike09
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
mike09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 83
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mcoomer
Installing a SRAM link is easy. Break the chain anywhere you wish and remove a link. Install the quick link, hold the rear brake, and apply steady pressure on a pedal and you will hear it click into place. Done!
Thanks for the help! Can you confirm the one link that is slightly different colored on my Shimano chain is the master link? Basically, if I wanted to take the pain in the @ss route that would be the link to remove the pin and reinstall a new one, right? I'm definitely going with the Powerlink but just as an fyi would like to know what the master link (slightly different colored) is? Would it matter if I removed the master link and replaced it with the Powerlink? Or should I break it somewhere other than the master link? Also, since I'm technically adding a link with the Powerlink, I need to remove a link from the Shimano, right? Sorry for all the newb questions. Thanks again guys!
mike09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-06, 01:30 PM   #7
CrashVector
Banned.
 
CrashVector's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: United States
Bikes: Kona Dawg Deluxe, Cannondale Super-V DH, Cannondale Super-V Raven
Posts: 409
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No. The master link has a different kind of pin in it.

If you look at the chain closely, you will see one link with a different kind of pin in it. That is the one you remove using a chain tool.

you will have to remove that link from the chain and replace with with the powerlink.
CrashVector is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-06, 01:44 PM   #8
Drunken Chicken
Senior Member
 
Drunken Chicken's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Spain, although I'm Hungarian
Bikes: Check signature
Posts: 1,855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by LowCel
I learned that the hard way, I'm assuming most of us have.
Hell yeah, I was seriously going nuts trying to get it off. Could be due to the fact that I put a 9spd Powerlink onto an 8spd Shimano chain but... meh. Now I love my Powerlink though.
Drunken Chicken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-06, 03:19 PM   #9
iamthetas
Senior Member
 
iamthetas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: colonial heights Va
Bikes: Devinci Guzzler, 04 Canadian version
Posts: 1,200
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mike09
Thanks for the help! Can you confirm the one link that is slightly different colored on my Shimano chain is the master link? Basically, if I wanted to take the pain in the @ss route that would be the link to remove the pin and reinstall a new one, right? I'm definitely going with the Powerlink but just as an fyi would like to know what the master link (slightly different colored) is? Would it matter if I removed the master link and replaced it with the Powerlink? Or should I break it somewhere other than the master link? Also, since I'm technically adding a link with the Powerlink, I need to remove a link from the Shimano, right? Sorry for all the newb questions. Thanks again guys!
the master link on my HG93 chain is the same color as the SRAM powerlink.
I would just replace the existing master link with the powerlink. nothing to worry about then, as far as too many links, is there another master link etc.
iamthetas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-07, 02:17 PM   #10
sygyzy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 357
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
So you can't just remove the pin? You have to remove a link and replace it? I guess it's to keep the chain length the same. Would anything bad happen if you just installed the powerlink without removing one? (Slightly longer chain).
sygyzy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-08-07, 02:20 PM   #11
Portis
Banned.
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Home alone
Bikes: Trek 4300 X 2. Trek 1000, Trek 6000
Posts: 6,019
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sygyzy View Post
So you can't just remove the pin? You have to remove a link and replace it? I guess it's to keep the chain length the same. Would anything bad happen if you just installed the powerlink without removing one? (Slightly longer chain).

Try it and find out. Personally, i operate by the notion that if it ain't broke, don't break it.
Portis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-09-07, 09:04 AM   #12
GV27
Light Makes Right
 
GV27's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Green Mountain, Colorado
Bikes: Gianni Motta Criterium, Dean Hardtail
Posts: 1,521
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sygyzy View Post
So you can't just remove the pin? You have to remove a link and replace it? I guess it's to keep the chain length the same. Would anything bad happen if you just installed the powerlink without removing one? (Slightly longer chain).
Won't work - try it and you'll immediately see why.

The Powerlink is an outside or wide link. You need it to span between two inside or narrow links. If you just pull one pin you'll be trying to link it between an inside and and outside and that just won't work!


Last edited by GV27; 08-09-07 at 09:26 AM.
GV27 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-14, 10:17 AM   #13
tedmag
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: Portland OR
Bikes: Ritchey
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When I replaced the chain on my 9 speed shimano cluster, I tried to fasten the new shimano chain with a 9 speed 'gold' sram power link. The stamp on this link said 'j-3.' It would not lock. The bars on it were not long enough, so I reinstalled my old sram powerlink. The stamp on this link said '8-10.'
I'm thinking the solution to this problem is that sram must make several powerlinks, and the old one stamps '8-10' is the one I need to get as a spare.
Comments?



Quote:
Originally Posted by mike09 View Post
I have a 9 speed Shimano chain but am going to pick up SRAM's Powerlink Gold. How exactly do I install it, any particular link? Can I just break the chain at any point and install the Powerlink? Or do I need to break the master link (slightly different colored than the rest of the links), basically remove and replace the master link with the powerlink? Thanks in advance!
tedmag is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:53 AM.